We have a very low-key summer planned and I am so looking forward to it. Papa thinks that by July I’ll be pulling my hair out — and he might be right — but we have not signed up for anything (except Vacation Bible School). No camps, no dance, no running to and fro. I am so looking forward to it.
But to keep me from pulling my hair out I’ve decided that we’re going to talk about/learn about animals while we’re soaking up the sun. I have no intention for this to become like a curriculum or anything particularly structured. I’m just using it as something we can use to focus our attention especially on those days when we all need to focus on something besides each other.
In June we’ll be thinking and talking about animals that live on farms. Next week we’ll start with animals we use for food. In July we’re planning to learn about animals that live in the ocean. Molly, we’re thinking of an aquarium trip with you sometime. Then in August we’re going to focus on animals that we find at the zoo.
I chose animals because both of my urchins love animals and while Katie is interested in knowing the difference between an ape and a monkey, Tristan is interested in pretending to be a monkey and hopefully I should be able to accommodate both. I’ve outlined our plan below with June in greater detail since it starts next week — which isn’t that crazy? — and I need to be a little bit organized. Feel free to borrow the idea if you want. We can all learn about animals together.
On The Farm
June 1 – 7 :: Animals for Food
June 8 – 14 :: Animals for Work
June 15 – 21 :: Animals for Clothes
June 22 – 28 :: Animals for Pets
In the Ocean
June 29 – July 5 :: Fish
July 6 – 12 :: Whales
July 13 – 19 :: Sharks
July 20 – 26 :: Walruses, Seals and Sealions
July 27 – August 2 :: Birds
Around the World
August 3 – 9 :: Primates
August 10 – 16 :: Big Cats
August 17 – 23 :: Pachyderms
August 24 – 30 :: Bears